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RATINGS: 1372   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
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This Old Ale conjures up thoughts of classic sea fairing ports, there local pubs and the weathered fisherman that frequent them. In traditional style Curmudgeon is brewed with an intense focus on the malt bill creating a very strong, rich, malty characteristic and a sweetness indicative of its cousin the barleywine. We are especially proud of the balance in this beer making it deceptively smooth and drinkable at 9.8% alcohol by volume.
Editorís Note - The 2006 bottled version has been aged in bourbon barrels.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
toby00777 (135) - California, USA - MAR 20, 2012
Light brown, slight red haze with almost no head. Smell was of bourbon. Kool-aid powder grape. Rich fruits. Tasted of alcohol. Malty. Cherry cough syrup.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dr_MedievAle (135) - Alabama, USA - SEP 21, 2013
12oz bottle dated 4/19/12. Poured into wine glass. Appearance: Cloudy topaz. Thin white head. Sporadic lacing. Aroma: Scotch, Cherry, Butterscotch. Taste: Cherry scotch that eases into a mildly sweet butterscotch. I know that butterscotch is usually regarded as an off flavor, but I like it in this beer lol. I think this bottle was improperly stored at the HyVee I found it in. Palate: Thin but slightly sticky.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fakebeersnob (134) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - SEP 20, 2013
Pours a muddy amber color with little head. Has a sweet taste (maybe some vanilla in it...but sweet malts and caramel or toffee too), but with an oaky presence. Initially I think of bourbon age due to the oaky flavor and the hint of alcohol, but further drinks disproves it. Low carbonation. Has a sticky mouthfeel that I enjoy. It is a sipping beer. Had it on bottle and on tap.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SFLpunk (134) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 20, 2009
12oz brown glass twist-top. No date. Appearance: Tawny orange/brown. No head to speak of, and somewhat cloudy (no sediment though). Nose: Sweet raisin bread, apricots, toasted cashews, deep caramel, milk chocolate, dried figs. Palate: Medium- to full-bodied with loads of sugar up front. Dried fruits (figs, raisons, prunes) mingle with a layer of light milk chocolate (low cocoa %), and some flavors that remind me of tawny/colheita ports and malmsey madeiras. Rich and somewhat thick, there is a moderate edge from the hop bitterness. Notes: A well made Old Ale, will improve over short-term ageing, but I donít think itís made to go for more than 3 years with improvement. I would like to see more hop character for longer ageing. The hops show themselves and try to contain the HUGE sweetness, but itís just bursting at the brim with sugar. A little more contained than the Smuttynose Really Old Brown Dog, though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Blaze312 (132) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 28, 2009
12 oz bottle from Founders. I love founders so its fitting that this is my 100 beer rating. Pours a dark orange color, almost brown. Aroma is very good I smell the alcohol, some barley, and some fruit hints. Taste sweet yet spicy. Iím feeling the alcohol in this one. It is very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
someviking (132) - old bridge, New Jersey, USA - NOV 19, 2010
aroma is alcohol and fruit. moderately cloudy appearance with stuff floating around. deceptively smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ajwilliams (132) - , Indiana, USA - MAR 11, 2009
Pours cloudy red with no head. Aroma of oak, hops, whiskey, brown sugar. Flavor of whiskey barrles, brown sugar and molasses, hint of hops and alcohol. Crisp, complex, tasty, and all-around satisfying. This is a monster, but a balanced monster.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bigben873 (132) - Virginia, USA - JUN 10, 2014
Slight caramel aroma in a medium brown cloudy ale. Very malty like a barleywine but not nearly as smooth. Strong flavor but a bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
__Rb81 (131) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 25, 2013
Bottle at home (bottled 04/13/12). Pours a hazy amber with no head. Sweet aroma of honey, fruit, and some alcohol, bit bourbonny. Also quite a sweet taste with a warming alcohol feel. Bit of bitterness in the aftertaste. Really nice (dessert) beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drewaha (129) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 26, 2011
Poured into a Duvel glass. Very limited hear. Hops were very evident but not overpowering. Not bad, but nothing writing more about. Perhaps after paying $14 for a 4-pack I was expecting something a little more special.

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